Woman who was also at Cuomo's 2017 tour of flood damage says his behavior wasn't inappropriate

Heidi Levy being hugged by Gov. Cuomo in Greece in 2017. Heidi Levy being hugged by Gov. Cuomo in Greece in 2017.

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Updated: April 02, 2021 05:31 PM
Created: March 30, 2021 06:20 PM

*This story has been updated since its original publication*

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Monday, News10NBC shared a Greece woman's accusations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sherry Vill is claiming he grabbing her face and kissed her on the cheeks without her consent.

On Monday, Vill shared pictures of the event during a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred. She says she felt the kiss was "highly sexual" and says Cuomo called her beautiful.

Tuesday News10NBC heard from another woman who was in Greece when Cuomo toured flooding damage from Lake Ontario back in 2017.

Heidi Levy told News10NBC the governor hugged and kissed her and several other women there that day.

Levy says she never saw anything the appeared to be unacceptable and found it to be reassuring at such a terrible time.

"I never once questioned whether he was being aggressive or inappropriate in touching," Levy said. "He in no way grabbed me in... I leaned right into him."

While Levy was in Greece for the governor's appearance, she was never inside nor outside Sherry Vill's home during the Cuomo visit. 

Levy runs a small business as a health navigator for people with mental health disorders and developmental disabilities.   Governor cuomo is listed under the "partners" section of their website. 

A statement from Cuomo's attorney Monday said the governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past 40 years.

Read the full statement below:

“During times of crisis, the Governor has frequently sought to comfort New Yorkers with hugs and kisses.  As I have said before, the Governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past forty years. I encourage everyone to look at other photographs from his visit to Greece, NY that day. Nothing described at today's press conference was unique in that regard. Three other related points concerning Gloria Alfred's press conference:  (1) the July 19, 2017 letter from the Governor that Ms. Allred displayed was a nearly identical follow-up form letter sent to more than 30 people that the Governor visited to support and assist following the Lake Ontario flooding, and those form letters were signed with an autopen; (2)  it is a practice of the Governor’s office to send signed photos to people he meets with after events, and those photos are regularly signed with an autopen; (3) it is common for staffers to contact constituents after events and invite them to a future event on a related topic.”


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